Sexist Note


The pilot is hoping the note, in which she posted on social media, will not stop women from wanting to become pilots themselves, but to also encourage them even more.


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CTV/CNN) – When you fly Canada’s major airlines – the voice from the cockpit is usually male.

“Almost every day people I find are a little bit surprised,” said Carey Steacy, a pilot.

Surprised that this Surrey mother of two is at the controls and has been with WestJet for more than nine years.

Steacy knows she’s the exception, but the veteran pilot never expected this.

“First reaction was shock,” she said.”

A napkin was left on a passenger’s seat after a flight from Calgary to Victoria that read “The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman. A woman being a mother is the most honor. I wish WestJet would tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I could book another flight.”

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“The flight attendants were all ladies and all of us had our mouths open in shock we really didn’t know what to say and I also had a gentleman flying with me, he felt the same way. We were all in shock.

In a statement WestJet said: “We are enormously proud of the professionalism, skills and expertise of our pilots and we find this note very disappointing.”



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